#222 Canadian Web Comics

Tim and Mulele review two Web comics that have little in common besides the nationality of their creators! Amya, a recently-started, manga- an fantasy-influenced comic; and Hark, a Vagrant, featuring contemporary, humorous takes on historical events.

Then Mulele critiques Tim’s recent artwork, and discussion of how to draw facial expressions ensues (view full post to see pictures below).

A schoolboy and a schoolgirl. He is sleeping in class. She is trying to wake him up, but he doesnt wake up. The teacher is angry beside him.
A schoolboy and a schoolgirl. He is sleeping in class. She is trying to wake him up, but he doesn't wake up. The teacher is angry beside him.
A dog is running. Collars and leads are attached to the neck of the dog, but it seems the owner had let go. A boy is chasing the dog from far away. The dog is approaching a little girl, so she is scared.
A dog is running. Collars and leads are attached to the neck of the dog, but it seems the owner had let go. A boy is chasing the dog from far away. The dog is approaching a little girl, so she is scared.
Two students are sitting side by side in the library. The schoolgirl student is happily reading a book. But the schoolboy is having the book upside down. It seems he cant concentrate. He loves her, so he is excited.
Two students are sitting side by side in the library. The schoolgirl student is happily reading a book. But the schoolboy is having the book upside down. It seems he can't concentrate. He loves her, so he is excited.
Two boys swam in the river. But there is the No Swimming sign by the river. The old man passed by the river, he scold them.
Two boys swam in the river. But there is the "No Swimming" sign by the river. The old man passed by the river, he scold them.
You call these facial expressions?!
You call these facial expressions?!

6 thoughts on “#222 Canadian Web Comics”

  1. Thank you for the review – even if you didn’t quite like what the comic has to offer so far.

    Amya is a longform comic intended for print in the future, and is not yet at the end of the first chapter – which is why the plot is not rocketing forward yet. In fact, at the time of your review it was at the half way point for chapter one. It will, ultimately, flow much better in its final book format when the scene is continuous and uninterrupted by an update schedule.

    In terms of the pacing – the story still needs time to establish, and is far from over.

    Hopefully as the story progresses, it will start to meet your standards.

    And as far as being ‘Worth the price of admission’ – the price is ‘free’. All we ask of our fans is a little patience, and so far they have been happy with being so.

    Again, thank you very much for your interest and feedback.

    Best regards,
    Savannah

  2. hey tim, those drawing exercises looked like fun!

    It reminds me of a drawing exercise i was given by David Lloyd (V for Vendetta) at a drawing course he was doing. Everything was fine until i got to a bit that required a picture of a postman seen from above walking down the middle of a street on a snowy day. Not easy 🙁

    qamar

  3. Savannah,

    Thanks for your comment!

    I think our point was that, in our humble opinion, it’s not wise to expect your audience to be patient through very many pages of not understanding what’s happening. You need to keep giving them a reason to turn the page. The reason may be, to get a clearer understanding of what’s going on in the story. If I turn too many pages without getting that understanding I’m looking for, I may at some point just stop turning pages.

    Still, it does show promise and we wish you the best of luck with Amya and your comics career!

    Qamar,

    Seen from above?! Yikes. A hat, a mailbag, and shoes. And make it look like the hat isn’t sitting directly on top of the shoes (^_^)

  4. But sometimes only one part of an apple is rotten and other bits are OK. And you can start eating a nice apple only to find it’s badly bruised or there’s a worm in the other side.

    Although, Gene Siskel used to say: “If nothing interesting happens in the first reel, then nothing interesting is going to happen.”

    KS

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